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From:Campbell River
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 03-05-2004 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for justins     Edit/Delete Message
hello again
new problem.
Well The people that live downstairs (my mother in law) have an older female cat that is pregnant and about to have her kittens.
The problem is that the last batch that she had she couldnt take care of them they way they needed. Only one of the four that she had survived, only because i took it and did the hand feed every 3 hours with baby food. But by then it was already 2 months old. So this batch i was going to take them right away so that there is no chance for any of them dieing the same way as the other ones.
My question is what do i need to take care of them properly. How often do they need to be fed when their real little and how much? what do i need to feed them? do i need to clean them? things like that. I need as much information as i can get. please help.

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From:sheridan, wy
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 03-07-2004 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
It would be best to let the mom nurse them if she can. Kittens who don't get their mothers milk, at least for the first couple of days, get a lot more infections. Some of them could be life threatening. If you do take the kittens they need to eat every 1-2 hours for the first 3-4 weeks. Ask a vet for the minimum amount they need, but let them eat as much as they want if they want more. Kittens need to eat kitten formula like KMR. You can get it at Petsmart. Also you have to keep them on a heating pad as they don't make their own heat until 4 weeks or so, and you have to make them go to the bathroom.

Hand raising kittens is a lot of work. Thats why it is best for the momma cat to raise them.

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